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On behalf of the academic community and
the Board of Trustees of the College, I am
extremely pleased to welcome Harper parents
and other guests to the dedication observ-
ance for our permanent campus.
With the beginning of the 1969-70academic
year, we began operating for the first time
as a comprehensive collegiate family in one
location. The facilities we have been enjoy-
ing since last September represent the cul-
mination of four years of planning and many
long hours of effort by the faculty, staff and
trustees of the College. We point to the fact
that Harper is the first Illinois public com-
munity college to complete the entire Phase
I of its campus master plan.
Twenty-five per cent of the $12,246,046.00
construction cost, or $3,623,606.00, for this
first phase of Harper's master plan came
from property taxes paid by the citizens of
this College District (#512). The benefits of
this investment are dedicated one hundred
per cent to quality higher educational pro-
grams and services for every citizen who
wishes to take advantage of them.
Robert E. Lahti
SPECIAL DEDICATION ISSUE
MAY 3, 1970
1 Dedication Observance Calendar
2 The History of Harper College
4 Dedication Speakers
Reverend Carl Zimmerman, Mr.James
J. Hamill, Dr. Robert E. Lahti, Mr.
5 Special Guest Speaker
Dr. Frank B. Golley
Illinois Jazz Band
6 The Look of Progress
"A Stepping Stone to the Future"
8 Present and Future Campus Aerial View
Editor-in-Chief Chris Pancratz
Managing Editor Bob Yadon
Layout Editor Georgia Fink
Assistant Editor O. Keith Wanke
Faculty Advisor Craig Stewart
Staff Artist Kate Tangney
Staff Writers Chris Stanczak, Michael Copeland
Layout Eileen Burns
Staff Photographers Stu Levin, Gary Yaffe
Photo Consultant Ray White
Design Consultant Carl Regehr 353S0
This special edition of halcyon was produced through the joint
efforts of the halcyon staff, and the Harper College administration.
Normally, halcyon is published three times during the school year
by, and for, the students of William Rainey Harper College, Al-
gonquin and Roselle Rds., Palatine, Illinois 60067. Offices are in
the College Center, room 367.
Opinions expressed in this special edition magazine are those of
the authors and/or the editors and are not necessarily those of
Harper College, its administrators, student government, or student
College Board of Trustees and Harper administrators, from left: Milton J. Hamill of Palatine, chairman of the Board; Mrs. Fred S. Nicklas of
C. Hansen of Palatine, immediate past vice chairman; Lawrence R. Inverness, vice chairman; Richard L. Johnson of Arlington Heights, im-
Moats of Arlington Heights, secretary; William J. Mann, vice president mediate past chairman; John A. Haas of Prospect Heights, past chair-
of business affairs; Dr. Robert E. Lahti, president of the College; James man; Dr. Joseph C. Morton of Arlington Heights, board member.
MAY 1 - 31 Exhibit of prints by Miss Virginia Myers, assistant professor of Art, Uni-
versity of Iowa. Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M., "F"
building lower level; Sunday, May 3, noon to 4:30 P.M. Reception for
the artist, May 13, at 1:00 P.M.
MAY 3 Music Seminar for Harper College and local high school music majors
with members of the University of Illinois Jazz Band. Meeting and lunch-
eon, community dining room, "A" building, College Center, 11:30 A.M.
Ecology Seminar for Harper College faculty and staff members with Dr.
Frank Colley, executive director of the Institute of Ecology, University of
Georgia. Meeting and luncheon, faculty dining room, "A" building,
College Center, 11:30 A.M.
Formal Dedication Ceremonies for Harper College campus, "A" building
plaza, 1:30 P.M.
MAY 5 - 7 The Kinetic Art film series, a round-up of what's happening in the
world cinema. All programs in "E" building, Lecture-Demonstration
Center at 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, Program 1; Wednesday, Program 2; Thurs-
day, Program 3.
MAY 12 Career Day program for Harper College District junior and senior high
school students, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Activities to be held in College
Center and all divisional areas.
MAY 15 & 16 Drama Production by Harper Studio Players, directed by Dr. Robert
W. Tysl, assistant professor of English. William Inge's Bus Stop. Both
performances, "E" building, Lecture-Demonstration Center, 8:00 P.M.
JUNE 5 Second Annual Commencement of the College. Class of 1970, their
parents; faculty, staff and trustees; honored guests. Keynote speaker:
Nick Holt, director of Urban Fellows program of Chicago Center for
Urban Projects, Inc. "A" building plaza, 2:30 p.m.
HARPER'S HISTORY A THING OF THE PAS1
In the beginning there was the
dream and idea for the existance of
a community college. The man who
fathered the idea was Dr. William
Rainey Harper. Dr. Harper was the
first president of the University of
Chicago. Hand picked by John D.
Rockerfeller, Harper laid the ground-
work that made the University of
Chicago synonymous with innova-
tion and excellence. It was there
that Dr. Harper first used the name
"junior college" when he divided
the University into two major divi-
sions, the junior and senior colleges.
The idea of a two-year community
college in this area is not a new
one. As far back as 1950 peoplehad
shown interest in the creation of a
community college. As is usuallythe
case, community action takes time
to develop and mature. It took a
great deal of work and initiative
by many citizens to develop the
many ideas into working plans.
In 1 964, long hours were devoted
to the initial groundwork. Apetition
was circulated among residents in
the townships of ElkGrove, Palatine,
Schaumburg and Wheeling. Thepeti-
tion called for a vote on the estab-
lishment of a community college. In
March, 1965, voters approved the
referendum, and these four town-
ships were joined together to form
a junior college district.
Voters returned tothepolls34 days
after approving the referendum to
elect seven citizens, from 48 candi-
dates, to become the first Board of
Trustees of the new college district.
In 1965, state legislation created
the Public Junior College Act. Nine-
teen other states also passed major
junior college legislation the same
Provisions in the Illinois act pro-
vided a model for the community
college system and revised the junior
college concept of an "extended
high school" to that of a commun-
ity college available to everyone
within the junior college district.
Harper College district (512) cov-
ers an area of two hundred and
eighteen square miles. Communities
within the district at the present
are as follows: Palatine, Arlington
Heights, Barrington, Barrington Hills,
Buffalo Grove, Elk GrOve Village,.
Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Lake Bar-
rington, Mt. Prospect, North Barring-
ton, Prospect Heights, Rolling Mea-
dows, Schaumburg, Tower Lake and
Wheeling as well as portions of Deer
Park, Fox River Grove, Des Plaines,
Hanover Park, and Roselle.
Extending higher educational serv-
ices to so many communities did
not come easily. When Harper's sev-
en member Board of Trustees met
for the first time in 1965, thecollege
had no name, no staff and no facili-
ties. The trustees agreed to make
no major decisions without consult-
ing the chief educational officers of
the new college.
The first step was to hire a presi-
dent. After that, an instructional
planning team was formed. Five ma-
jor planning assumptions were then
First: Commitment to a strong stu-
dent orientated college in which
personnel services are given high
Second: An instructional^ inte-
grated vocational technical pro-
Third: A comprehensivedata-proc-
Fourth: Emphasis on an informal
Fifth: Facilities and a staff to meet
the needs of a community.
It was these five points which the
instructional planning team usedfor
An internationally known expert
in area studies, Arthur D. Little, was
called in to make a ten year pop-
ulation and enrollment study. Also,
Caudill Rowlett Scott of Houston,
Texas, was selected to work in as-
sociation with the Chicago firm of
Fridstein, Fitch, and Partners in the
area of architectural design for the
facilities of the new college.
Selection of an appropriate
campus site was determined by eval-
uating the critical factors of geog-
raphy, topography, cost and acces-
From the beginning Harper re-
ceived a great deal of support from
the community at large. The four-
to-one approval by voters for seven
million, four hundred thousand dol-
lars in construction bonds was the
first example of such public support.
When classes began in 1967, the
facilities used for instruction were
leased. For the first twoyearsclasses
were taught at two high schools,
Forest View and Elk Grove. A con-
verted barn on the site of the pres-
ent campus served as a data proc-
The early history of Harper College
was not all roses. Students found it
difficult to recognize Harper as their
college. To many, the first two years
of Harper were no more than a liber-
ated extension of their high school
years. It was the idea of the future
Harper that kept many of the first
Meanwhile, the permanent cam-
pus architectural master plan was
formally adopted. The first construc-
tion phase was designed to comple-
ment student social and learningex-
periences. The design forthecampus
blended space, materials, and colors
to achieve a "Village Street" atmos-
phere. The master plan provided for
enrollment of ten thousandstudents
by 1975. In 1967, the construction
of the first six of thetwelvebuildings
on the Harper site was begun. These
structures include the present Learn-
ing Resources Center, Science Build-
ing, Lecture-Demonstration Center,
Art and Architecture Wing, College
Center Building, and Power Plant.
The College Center is the campus
hub with spaces devoted to coun-
seling and student activities, book-
store, lounge, dining facilities, ad-
ministration offices, and a data
In 1969, the on-time delivery of
the first construction phase allowed
Harper to open its new campus to
students. By that time, the original
enrollment of 1700 in 1967 had in-
creased to five thousand plus!
The dream of 1950 had become
a reality and the opening of Har-
per's campus in fall 1969 marked
this college as the first Illinois pub-
lic community college to complete
its entire "Phase 1 " project. Student
population on the new campus was
already two years ahead of projected
With the opening of the campus,
non-credit continuing education
courses for adults were offered for
the first time by Harper.
In October of 1969, Harper's Den-
tal Hygiene clinic opened to become
the first such facility serving the
northwest suburban area.
Throughout the remainder of
1969, the College settled into its
new surroundings while continuing
to plan its future growth.
In January of 1970, the Board of
Trustees voted to request tax rate
increases of twelve cents in the
Educational funds and five cents in
the Building Maintainenceand Oper-
ation fund through a bond referen-
dum. Then on March 21, 1970, Har-
per College experienced its first real
setback with the defeat of the bond
referendum. Such a defeat was un-
expected and another tax referen-
dum will be held, probably within
the next year.
The history of William Rainey Har-
per College is indeed an exciting
one filled with ideas and aspirations
that have been fulfilled with the
continuing idea of community col-
lege excellence always in mind.
Dr. William Rainey Harper(right)andJohnD.Rockerfeller at University of Chicago. Dr. Har-
per is credited as the innovator of the two-year college idea.
James ). Hamill
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Resident of Palatine and an at-
torney associated with Ander-
son, Lluedka, Fitch, Even and
Dr. Robert E. Lahti
President of the College
Resident of Inverness.
Appointed to office in 1965.
Doctorate in college administra-
tion from University of Wyoming
Mr. Donald J. Duffy
President of the Student Senate
Assumed office November 20,
Major in Business
Resident ot Rolling Meadows
Dr. Paul V. Harper, Jr.
Grandson of William Rainey
Scientist in nuclear medii ineal
University of Chicago Medical
Mrs. George Harper Overton
Granddaughter of William Rainey
Assistant professor of Biology
at University of Chicago.
MAY 3, 1970
Mount Prospect High School Band
Boy Scout Troop 198, Hoffman Estates
Reverend Carl Zimmerman
St. John United Church of Christ
University of Illinois Jazz Band
John Garvey, Director
Welcome From the College
Dr. Robert E. Lahti, President
Dr. Frank B. Colley
Executive Director, Institute of Ecology
University of Georgia
A Student Perspective
Mr. Donald Duffy
President, Student Senate
A Community Milestone
Mr. James J. Hamill
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Planting of Dedication Tree
Dr. Paul V. Harper, Jr.
Mrs. George Harper Overton
Reception and Campus Tours
College Center, 1st Floor
They keynote speaker at our campus dedi-
cation is Dr. Frank B. Colley, Professor of
Ecology and Zoology at the University of
Georgia. He received his doctorate at Michi-
gan State University in 1958, Dr. Colley then
taught at numerous universities throughout
the southeastern states and Puerto Rico. Cur-
rently teaching at the University of Georgia,
the Doctor serves as Executive Director of
the Institute of Ecology and as Associate Pro-
fessor of Zoology. A member of nine pro-
fessional societies, Dr. Golley is also associ-
ated with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commis-
sion and the Smithsonian Institutions.
If these impressive listings were not suf-
ficient, Dr. Golley has participated in the
symposium on Energy Flow on Edocystems,
AIBS, Pennsylvania State University. The doc-
tor has published a total of forty papers
dealing with topics ranging from campus
planning to radiation ecology.
We are more than proud to welcome this
outstanding educator to Harper College. A
man with such qualifications, we feel, will
provide our dedication with unique thoughts
about our future as a community service
U. of I.
The founding fathers of American Jazz
often lacked musical training. Yet these bands
did possess a true freedom of expression and
an emotional style all their own. They may
not have had much culture but they sure
had that undisputed quality, "Jazz Spirit".
Today jazz has become a part of the musi-
cal scene. The growth of jazz at universities
across the nation has given birth to trained
The University of Illinois Jazz Band is one
group that has won acclaim across the na-
tion and abroad. John Garvey, Professor of
Music, organized the group in 1960. Today
hecontinues to lead the band in unanimously
acclaimed jazz presentations.
The twenty-five members and the leader
of the University of Illinois Jazz Band, unlike
their founding fathers, are educated and cul-
tured. Yet they still possess that tremendous
"Jazz Spirit" that until now has never been
The Look of Progress
to the future
Projected Campus Development
an artist's conception
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